Matthew McAvene is a musical and visual artist. McAvene's work is vast in style, ranging from primitive to realist. Since performing publicly in 2005, McAvene created stage backdrops, puppets and effects for his show as well as other acts. He has opened for The Wailers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Eddie Money, Animal Liberation Orchestra and Hot Buttered Rum String Band. McAvene's music and art was featured at the Solutions for Dreamers Festival (2007) which also featured special guest Jack Johnson. McAvene has recorded with Zach Gill (ALO/Jack Johnson) and was recognized on the air as "the best band in Santa Barbara" after winning the FM107.7 Battle of the Bands. Out of 50 band submissions, McAvene was crowned champion and featured at the 2006 MDA Black & Blue Ball benefit. McAvene worked as a freelance artist at his eldest brothers special effects shop, McAvene Designs in North Hollywood, California. He created puppets and creature costumes for television shows on Fox and ABC, ice shows for Disney and feature films such as Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. After 5 years in Los Angeles, he moved to Santa Barbara to raise his son, Benjamin. In Santa Barbara, McAvene continued producing fine art, specialty effects and manifested ideas for television shows of his own. In the early 1990s McAvene began a renunciation period, in which he simplified his life in order to focus on inner development. McAvene apprenticed with a variety of free thinking sculptors, painters, poets and performance artists. McAvene returned from his renunciation period and resolutely experimented in a Los Angeles garage, recording songs, painting, sculpting and writing.